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Obituaries, In Memory of

George Roessing (Ross) Hays


George Roessing (Ross) Hays

Age 100, of Tampa, Florida, passed away March 25, 2012.

Ross was born in Arnoldsburg, WV, January 27, 1912.

He was born into a pioneer family which had helped settle Western Virginia, prior to statehood.

He was a graduate of Calhoun County High School and Glenville State College, in Glenville. He served in the Army Air Corps during WWII, doing his flight training in Miami.

After the war he moved to Tampa, where he met and married Sophia Hill (Hays) and began a career in the lumber business with Logan Lumber Company. He rose to the position of General Sales Manager with Logan, before changing careers and joining First Federation Life Insurance Company, where he eventually became company President.

After retiring from the insurance industry, Ross returned to the lumber business and worked for Hearin Lumber until his permanent retirement.

Ross was an active member at Palma Ceia Methodist Church.

He was a member of the Tampa Yacht and Country Club, Feather Sound Golf and Country Club, and Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sophia Hill Hays, and their daughter, Mary Katey Hays Porebski.

He is survived by his four other children, Barbara Henderson, of Chads Ford, PA, Robert M. Hays, of Hartsville, SC, Carol Ann Moore, of Spencer, WV, and Ross Hays, Jr. of Tampa, FL. He is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great great-grandchildren.

He was especially proud of making his 100th birthday, and could still tell you the names and birthdays of all his grandchildren. He loved his family greatly, as they loved him. He will be missed mightily, but remembered as long as there are Hays.

Please feel free to make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Burl Lynden White


Burl Lynden White

Age 84, of 1947 Dry Fork, Weston, WV,  went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at Ruby Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Weston on March 22, 1928: son of the late James Goff White and Mabel Freda (Woofter) White.

On September 10, 1955, he married Jane (Barrett) White, who survives.

Mr. White is also survived by one daughter: Elizabeth A. Porter and Rick of Cincinnati, OH; two sons: David L. White of Weston and Mark J. White and Michelle of Scotts Depot; five grandchildren: Andrew R. Porter, Sarah E. Porter, Anna M. White, Ethan M. White and Jacob B. White. He is also survived by three brothers: William White of Weston, Joseph White of Akron, OH and John White of Seattle, WA; three sisters: Martha Kerns of Weston, Jean Stalnaker of Clarksburg and Annabelle Clark of Florida and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. White was preceded in death by one brother: James White and one sister: Wilma Leach.

Mr. White was a retired carpenter with CNG.

He attended the Freemansburg United Methodist Church.

He loved gardening, farming, hunting and fishing. He was a member of the NRA and Weston Masonic Lodge # 10 A.F. & A.M

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Friday, March 30, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Russell Furr officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Burl Lynden White.

Ralph Jackson Blankenship


Ralph Jackson Blankenship

Age 89, of Pennsboro, Bonds Creek Community, passed away March 27, 2012, at the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility in Clarksburg, WV.

He was born April 21, 1922 at Alum Creek, WV, a son of the late Wilburn and Mabel (Banks) Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship retired as a union painter with 39 years for the IBPAT Local 1144 of Parkersburg. He enjoyed farming and hunting.

He was a member of the St. Marys Baptist Church.

He was a U. S. Army veteran of WWII where he was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

Ralph was a member the Harmony Lodge #59 AF & AM, Pennsboro, 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Nemesis Shrine of Parkersburg, O’Dell S. Long Chapter 25 and the Commandry, both of Pennsboro, and the Harris-Ritchie VFW Post 3554.

Surviving are his children: Linda Hamilton of Friendly, Connie Been (Mitchell) of Pennsboro, Dennis Blankenship (Malinda Jackson) of Pennsboro and Debbie Taylor (Pete) of Pennsboro, sister Geraldine Wade of Scott Depot, WV, brother Delmar Blankenship of Scott Depot, and brother Tommy Blankenship of Breinigsville, PA.

He also leaves behind six grandchildren: Michael and Shane Hogue, Kara Spillman, Kristen Hopson and Valerie and Jordan Taylor, 8 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years Louise (King) Blankenship in 2006, an infant daughter Nancy Ann Blankenship, sisters Audrey Robinson and Guynith McClure and brothers James Blankenship and Monty “Bunk” Blankenship.

Funeral services will be Saturday 11:00 AM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Evangelist Terry Jones officiating.

Interment will follow at the Ellenboro Masonic Cemetery with Masonic burial rites given by Harmony Lodge #59.

Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and until service time Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to the West Virginia Veterans Nursing Facility, One Freedom’s Way, Clarksburg, WV 26301.

Virgil W. McKinney


Virgil W. McKinney

Age 90, of Middlebourne, WV, departed this life Tuesday, March 27, 2012, in OVMC, Wheeling.

He was born November 20, 1921 in Doddridge County, a son of the late Noah R. and Ada Chipps McKinney.

Virgil was a retired employee of Mobay/Bayer Corp.

He was a Protestant.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother Vernon Mckinney.

Virgil is survived by his wife Rosalene Blake McKinney; two sons, Robert W. McKinney, St. Clairsville, Ohio and James A. McKinney and his wife Lois, New Philadelphia, Ohio; a daughter, Vickie Meadows and her husband Dale, Clarksburg; five grandchildren, Joshua Fingal (Brittany), Amanda McKinney (Tony), Wendy McKinney (Andy), Cody McKinney and Breanna McKinney; a great-granddaughter Arionna.

Friends will be received at Furbee Funeral Home, Middlebourne, today from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM where services will be held Friday 1:00 PM with Rev. Claye Folger officiating.

Interment in Beechwood Cemetery, Alma.

Military rites will be provided by VFW Post 6327, Sistersville, VFW Post 4634, New Martinsville, American Legion Post 67, Sistersville, American Legion Post 86, Paden City and American Legion Post 28, New Martinsville.

Sherri Kay Duskey Marks


Sherri Kay Duskey Marks

Age 58, of Grantsville, WV, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012 following a long illness.

She was born July 13, 1953, the daughter of the Gladys Frederick Duskey and the late Russell W. Duskey.

Sherri was a member of the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Grantsville.

Surviving in addition to her mother is her husband, Larry Marks of Grantsville; daughter, Stacy Hickman; son, Russell Franklin Hickman all of Grantsville; grandchildren, Samantha and Kayla Church of Arnoldsburg; Jasmine and Dalton Nicholson of Grantsville, Jayden Hickman, Jakiah Hickman and Arity Hickman; one niece Jessica Ball of Grantsville; and one nephew, Joey Duskey of Tanner, WV.

In addition to her father she is preceded in death by one sister, Kathy Duskey Knight; and one brother, Russell Joseph Duskey.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Friday, March 30 at Stump Funeral Home in Grantsville.

Interment will be in the Taylor Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00 Noon until the time of the services.

Doyal Wayne Taylor


Doyal Wayne Taylor

Age 58 of Rt. 2 West Union, WV (Morgan’s Run Community) departed this life on Friday, March 23, 2012 in his residence.

He was born on July 02, 1953 in Dallas, TX.

Surviving are his parents, Alton Ray and Betty Jo Brewster Taylor, Dallas, TX, one son, Nathaniel Wayne Chapman, Forney, TX, two brothers, Evangelist Randy E. Taylor, Morgan’s Run Community, Gregory Todd Taylor, Forney, TX, one sister, Diane McMillen, Mesquite, TX, three grandchildren, Elizabeth, Addison and Boston Chapman.

One sister, Cindy Kay Taylor Bicknell preceded him in death.

Mr. Taylor was retired as a manager of Murphy’s Family Ventures, LLC, Sheldon, MO.

A Memorial Service was conducted in the Mt. Salem Baptist Church, Morgan’s Run at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 30, 2012 with Pastor Randy Taylor Jr. presiding.

Interment was in the Old Bethel Cemetery, Morgan’s Run Road.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Salem Revival Grounds, PO Box 186, West Union, WV 26456.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Taylor family.

Threda V. Crummett Delaney Booher


Threda V. Crummett Delaney Booher

Age 92, of New Martinsville, WV, died March 24, 2012 at Sistersville General Hospital.

She was born march 05, 1920 at Devil Hole, WV, the daughter of the late Glenn M. and Margaret Gertrude Moore Crummett.

She was a teacher in a one room school in Ritchie County grades 1-8 with thirteen children. She later worked for Mon Power in Parkersburg and then in various furniture stores.

She was Methodist by faith.

She is survived by two daughters, Peggy Delaney of New Martinsville and Kathleen Delaney of Naples, FL; first cousin, Diane Kinzey of New York City and second cousin Darlene Mullen of Harrisville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, ronald Delaney; and sister Edna Newman.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM, Friday, March 30, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville with Pastor Robert Perine officiating.

Burial will follow in the Harrisville IOOF Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Friday from 12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM.

Luella Mae Boilon


Luella Mae Boilon

Age 80, of Broad Street Weston. WV passed away on Sunday, March 25, 2012 in Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following an extended illness.

She was born in Freemansburg Lewis County on November 02, 1931: Daughter of the late Homer Everett Burkhammer and Florence Anne (Turner) Burkhammer.

On August 09, 1952, she married Thurman Junior Boilon, who preceded her in death on February 26, 2007.

Mrs. Boilon is survived by one daughter: Luanna Ellen (Boilon) King of Weston, one sister: Nora Ables of Weston and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Thurman Junior, she was preceded in death by one daughter: Debra June Boilon, one son: Garry Lynn Boilon, two brothers: Glaydn and Hebert Burkhammer and three sisters: Clelle Sentelle, Beulah Henline and Eva Fisher.

Mrs. Boilon was a homemaker.

She was a member of Bendale United Methodist Church of Weston.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Pastor Mark Anderson officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Peterson Cemetery of Weston, WV.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Luella Mae Boilon.

David Paul Ratliff


David Paul Ratliff

Age 65, of Rt#2 Jane Lew, WV passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at his residence following an extended illness.

He was born in Parkersburg on November 07, 1946: son of the late Earl Lee Ratliff and Hattie May (Shaver) Ratliff.

On April 13, 1968, he married Constance A. “Susie” (Losh) Ratliff, who survives.

Mr. Ratliff is also survived by three daughters: Connie Keener of Salem, Cari (Scott) Currey of Jane Lew and Cindy Ratliff of Lost Creek, two sons: William David (Tabby) Ratliff of Jane Lew and Andrew L. (Katrina) Ratliff of Weston, 10 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. He is also survived by two brothers: Carl Ratliff of Little Hocking, OH and Charles Ratliff of Post, TX, two sisters: Mary Jo Bryan of Elizabeth, WV and Margaret Barth of Marietta, OH and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Ratliff was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Mr. Ratliff was a retired carpet installer.

He attended the Mt Lebanon Church in Harrison County.

He loved horseback riding and spending time with his family.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Leary Van Horn, Reverend Bill Coffindaffer and Reverend Tim Hughes officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Mt Lebanon Cemetery on Kincheloe in Harrison County.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for David Paul Ratliff.

William “Bill” Truax


William “Bill” Truax

Age 77, of West Union, WV, departed this life on Friday, March 23, 2012, at his residence, following an extended illness.

Bill was born April 03, 1935 in Benwood, WV, a son of the late Charles T. and Bessie (Hall) Truax.

He was retired after 16 years of service from the Adams County Parks & Recreation in Colorado where he served as the chief heavy equipment mechanic. Bill was also employed by the former Judel Glass of Salem, WV. He was a veteran of the US Air Force during the Korean War era where he earned several ribbons and medals including the Sigmund Rei. He loved hunting, fishing, watching the deer, and an avid fan of John Wayne. Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Patricia “Pat” (Evans) Truax; children, Margie Stout, Pennsboro, WV; William “Billy” Truax II (Garnie) and Sheila Mae Truax-Segard(Daniel), both of Denver CO; Kimi Truax, West Union, WV; son in law, Brad Stout, West Union, WV; brothers, Charles Truax, Jr., Denver, CO; Harry Truax, Salem, WV; John Truax, Eaton, IN; grandchildren, Miriam Engel, Denver, CO; Roland Fullmer and Nicholas Fullmer, both of West Union, WV; Mike Fullmer, Mt. Vernon, OH, along with 7 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sheila Truax.

Funeral services will be 7:00 PM on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at the McCullough Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV.

Friends may call from 4:30 to 7:00 M on Wednesday at the funeral home.

Lulla “Irene” Dolin


Lulla “Irene” Dolin

Age 94, of Sutton. WV passed away Sunday, March 25, 2012 at her residence.

She was born February 17, 1918 in Sutton to the late William Henry and Sarah Cornelia Duffield Floyd.

She was a homemaker and a Baptist by faith.

Irene is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Clarence Nick Dolin, son; Samuel Sanson, infant son; John Davis, granddaughter; Margaret Massey, 3 brothers; Bailey Skidmore, Eugene Floyd, Arnold Floyd, sisters; Juanita Floyd, Genevia Bennett.

She is survived by her loving family, son; Jerry Floyd and wife Cheyorld of Sutton, daughters; Betty Floyd Sprouse of Little Birch, Wilma Jeanie Salisbury of Erbacon, special grandsons; Michael Davis, Rick Salisbury, 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 14 great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Thursday March 29, 2012 at Greene-Robertson Funeral Home, Sutton with the Rev. Linn Schiefer officiating.

Burial will follow at Braxton Memorial Cemetery, Sutton.

Friends may call two hours prior to the service at the funeral home.

Greene-Robertson Funeral Home is humbly serving the Dolin family.

Rosalie Warner


Rosalie Warner

Age 87 of Weston, WV passed away Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, WV.

She was born September 24, 1924 in Morgantown.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lloyd Clyde Warner; 2 sons, Billy Warner and Robert Helling; 2 daughters, Betty Warner and Elizabeth Ann Blair; former daughter-in-law, Melinda Warner and 3 grandchildren.

Rosalie is survived by her 4 sons, Stanley Warner and his wife Kathy of West Union, WV; Junior Warner of Weston; Randy Warner and his wife Barbara of Weston; Charles Warner and his wife Sue of Spencer, WV; Roger Sinclair; a daughter, Patricia Ann McMullen and her husband Dale of Pennsylvania; 21 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Warner was a homemaker. She enjoyed her pets, especially her dog Buffy.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Monday, March 19, 2012 at the Alkire Funeral Chapel in Ireland, WV with the Rev. Larry Law officiating.

Burial followed at the Knawls Creek Cemetery in Braxton County.

The Alkire Funeral Chapel of Ireland, WV is in charge of the arrangements.

Roger Lee Flint


Roger Lee Flint

Age 58, of Little Birch,WV died on March 24, 2012 in Nicholas County Nursing and Rehab Center.

He was born on June 30, 1953 in Braxton County to Polly Bowers Flint and the late Hobert Ray Flint.

Roger was a caregiver for his mother and a Baptist by faith.

He was preceded in death by his Father.

Roger is survived by his loving mother, which was by his side to the end, Polly Bowers Flint, and his loving caregiver Sandy Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Monday March 26, 2012, at Greene- Robertson Funeral Home with Rev. Tom Propst officiating.

Visitation will be two hours before the service.

Burial will be in the Sugar Creek Cemetery.

Cornelia A. Deem


Cornelia A. Deem

Age 82, of the Pines in Marietta, Ohio, died March 24, 2012, at Camden Clark Medical Center, Memorial Campus.

She was born in Sutton, WV, a daughter of the late Harper J. and Rosalie Wesley Wade.

She moved to Parkersburg in 1934 at the age of 4.

She married her husband, Charles B. Deem Jr., on July 03, 1949.

She was a very active member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for 78 years. She was one of the founders and charter members of the Harvesters Sunday School Class, one of the original members of the Bonnie White Circle, Superintendent of the Primary Department of E.B.C., Financial Secretary for 15 years, Church Clerk for three years, former member of the choir, and served on the Board of Trustees, Mission Board, and Music Board. She wrote a devotional column for the church for 15 years which she compiled and, along with other writings, put into book form called “Reflections,“ which was sold to bring to life the Parable of the Talents.

She was a former member of Parkersburg Jr. Women’s Club and The Parkersburg Women’s Club. She was also a lifetime member of Beta Sigma Phi, Xi Gamma Gamma Chapter. Connie and her husband loved to camp, especially at Holly River State Park, Canaan Valley, Myrtle Beach and New England in the fall. Her favorite activities were swimming and dancing.

She is survived by three children, Sally Ann Beckwith (Thomas) of Vienna, WV, Joseph W. Deem (Anne) of Riverside, CA, and Jaye Ellen Parks (Jeffrey) of Mooresville, NC; five grandchildren, Sarah Wells, Jacob Deem, Amanda Catano, Tara Beckwith and Kyle Parks; four great-granddaughters; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Wade and Connie Wade; and one great-great-grandson.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles; two brothers, H. Jackson and James W. Wade; and three sisters, Mary Josephine Gannon, Irene E. Smith and Martha H. Kidd.

Memorial services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Dr. Kurt Busiek officiating.

The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to One Great Hour of Sharing, c/o Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1710 23rd St., Parkersburg, WV 26101.

Glenda Jean Dotson


Glenda Jean Dotson

Age 64, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on March, 24, 2012, at her residence.

Glenda was born July 30, 1946, on Buck Run near Pennsboro, WV, the daughter of the late Ernest Jefferson and Opal Faye (Sellers) Dotson.

She worked for 13 years at the Ritchie County Department of Health and Human Resources in Harrisville as a custodian.

She was a lifelong member of Pennsboro Church of Christ.

She greatly enjoyed telephone conversations with her family and friends and was a member of the Pennsboro Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her niece, Diane Wells, Pennsboro, WV; nephew, Gary Doak, Chandler, AZ; great-nephews, Chris (Lori) Wells, Harrisville, WV, and Evan Wells, Pennsboro, WV; and her great-great niece, Alexis Wells, Harrisville, WV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Lona Doak.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Tuesday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, WV, with Evangalist Terry Jones officiating.

Burial will follow in Buck Run Cemetery, near Pennsboro.

Friends may call from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Tuesday at the funeral home.

Dorothy Hurst Smith


Dorothy Hurst Smith

Age 88, of Holbrook Nursing Home, died February 29, 2012.

She was born at Troy, WV, May 15, 1923, the daughter of the late Fred and Beatrice West Hurst.

She was married to Carl R. Smith who is deceased.

Four sons survive: Harold Smith of Pricetown, Victor Smith of Weston, Carl Alexander Smith of Horner and Daniel Smith of Weston. Also surviving are one daughter, Barbara Alberta Smith Boggs of Jane Lew and three brothers: Leonard Hurst of Jane Lew, Laco Hurst of South Carolina, Stanley Hurst of Ohio and one sister Maudie Doddrill of Ohio. Nine Grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren survive.

Two brothers and two sisters: Albert Lester Hurst, Lawrence David Hurst, Margaret Smith and Minnie West are deceased.

Mrs. Smith was a loving mother, grandmother, and a friend to all.

Memorial services were held Wednesday morning March 21, at 10:00 AM at the Morris Funeral Home.

The family received friends to talk about the life of their mother.

The friends were invaded to share their memories of Mrs. Smith at this time.

A private burial was at the Machelah Cemetery.

A Morris Funeral Home service.

Ruby N. Riffle


Ruby N. Riffle

Age 96, of Weston, WV, died Monday, March 19, 2012 at Holbrook Nursing Home, Buckhannon, following a brief illness.

She was born October 25, 1915 in Braxton County, the daughter of the late John T. Taylor and Mae Foster.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ralph C. Riffle; and her son, Harold Glenn Riffle.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Ruby retired from Horne’s Department Store in Pittsburgh.

She was very active in the Lewis County Senior Center.

She was Methodist by faith.

Friends called from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Boyle Funeral Home, 322 Main Avenue, Weston.

Funeral services was held 1:00 PM Thursday, March 22, 2012 at the Boyle Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jesse Blake officiating.

Interment followed in Little Kanawha Memorial Gardens, Heaters.

Boyle Funeral Home, Weston.

Richard Andrew Parmer


Richard Andrew Parmer

of Middletown, Ohio passed away on March 06, 2012 at the Atrium Medical Center.

Mr. Parmer was born May 29, 1931 in Burnsville, WV, the son of Gilford and Mae Parmer.

He spent his childhood in the Burnsville area. He was a graduate and Valedictorian of the Burnsville High School Class of 1949.

He played several sports while in attendance there. He later graduated from Glenville State Teachers College in 1953.

He served in the US Army, Intelligence Division during the Korean War, after which he then attended the University of WV. Mr. Parmer retired from the Middletown Public School District after a 35 year teaching career. He received a John. F. Kennedy Fellowship Award at the University of GA in Physics and Astronomy and other awards professional awards, and served on several education committees. After his retirement, he worked an additional 15 years for the First Financial Bank of Hamilton. Mr. Parmer was a supporter and volunteer in the community. He Co-Chaired with his wife, Carolyn, The Charity Ball, in support of the Middletown Hospital. He served 15 years as the President of the City of Middletown Board of Zoning Appeals. He was a member of the F. and A.M. Jefferson Lodge.

Mr. Parmer is survived by his wife Carolyn Parmer; daughter Sherry Parmer, and her husband, Dr. Scott Richardson and their daughter, Lexi Richardson; daughter Richadetta Perallon ,and her husband, Dr. Robert Perallon and their daughter Hope; and son, Lance Parmer.

Visitation were held on Saturday, March 17 at 10:00 AM and Memorial Service at 11:00 AM at the Wilson Schramm Spaulding Funeral Home, 3805 Roosevelt Blvd.

There was a private family burial.

Memorial donations may be given to the Middletown Community Foundation Scholarship Fund, 300 North Main St., Middletown, OH 45044

Fred Ball


Fred Ball

Age 80, of Pennsboro, WV, departed this life on Thursday, March, 22, 2012, at Marietta Memorial Hospital, following a brief illness.

Fred was born August 11, 1931, in Ritchie County, (Holbrook Community), a son of the late Toy and Sylvia (Heckert) Ball.

He was a graduate of Doddridge County High School with the class of 1951. Fred volunteered as a dispatcher for one year and then served as the personnel director for 18 years for the Ritchie County Ambulance Authority, Pennsboro Division. He also served as a dispatcher for the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Office for one year before retirement. Fred began working as a TV repairman for the former TV Look Company of Pennsboro and also enjoyed working on small engines for the people in the community. He greatly enjoyed talking on the CB radio and was labeled as the “information” specialist” of Ritchie County. Fred served as the former leader of the Pennsboro Morning Stars 4-H Club and was awarded as a pinwearer.

He was a Christian by faith.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 56 years, Norma “Pauline” Ball; daughter, Sandra Brightwell (Ronald), Waverly; granddaughter, Melissa Brightwell, Friendly, WV; brother, Gilbert Ball (Merylan), Charleston, WV; brother and sisters-in law, William “Bill” Nash (Marie) and Charles Anderson (Doris), both of Middlebourne, WV; sister-in-law, Janice Ball, Summers Community (Doddridge County), along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David Dale Ball; sister, Catherin Ball; an infant sister, set of infant twins, and his nephew, David Charles Ball.

Funeral services will be 1:00 PM Monday at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with the Rev. John Frum officiating.

Burial will follow in the Alf Smith Cemetery, Tyler County.

Friends may call from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Pennsboro Morning Stars 4-H Club, c/o Missy Lamp, 3053 White Oak Road, Pullman, WV 26421 or the Alf Smith Cemetery Fund, c/o Una Henderson, 202 McCoaches Lane, Sistersville, WV 26175.

Grace D. Gerwig


Grace D. Gerwig

Age 104, passed away at her residence at Exchange on Tuesday, March 20, 2012.

She was born at Morris, West Virginia, on August 01, 1907, one of 10 children of the late Emmett and Doria Bail.

She married Laco Gerwig in 1931, and was preceded in death by her husband, Laco, and son, Samuel Roland Gerwig.

She is survived by daughter, Patricia Gerwig Schlosser and husband Ronald Schlosser of King of Prussia, PA; daughter-in-law, Mary Ellen McCauley Gerwig of Malvern, PA; grandsons, Robert Gerwig of Downingtown, PA, and Paul Gerwig and wife Donna of Kennett Square, PA; three great-granddaughters, Molly and Megan Gerwig of Downingtown, PA, and Jessica Gerwig Moore and husband Tom Moore Jr. of Smyrna, DE; and two great-grandsons, Charlie and Cody Moore. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Grace graduated from Glenville College during World War II. She taught in a one-room school. When roads became impassible by car, she rode a horse.

Grace was always active in her community churches, especially the Clarksburg Baptist Church, where she has been a member for more than 50 years.

She and her husband lived in Clarksburg for more than 50 years, and following his retirement, they moved back to the farm near Exchange.

Service will be 11:00 AM Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Richard M. Roach Funeral Home, Gassaway, with Rev. Bryon Bukovesky officiating.

Interment will be in the Frederick Gerwig Memorial Cemetery on Toms Run, Chapel, WV.

Friends called from 6:00 to 9:00 PM Friday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Clarksburg Baptist Church, P.O. Box 327, Clarksburg, WV 26301-0327 or Hospice Care, P.O. Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335.

Eileen Doris Dixon


Eileen Doris Dixon

Age 74, of Hemlock Road, Linn, WV departed this life at 8:04 PM, Sunday, March 18, 2012 at her residence following an extended illness.

She was born June 25, 1937 in Jersey City, NJ a daughter of the late Michael Joseph and Lottie Sosnowski Sciretta.

When she first arrived in WV in 1988 from Houston TX, she worked with the Adult Literacy program in Ravenswood.

After moving to Linn in 1989 she began working as a Library Assistant at Robert F. Kidd Library at GSC and remained there until retirement in 2002.

She attended St Johannes Lutheran Church in St. Clara, where she served several years on Church Council and as Treasurer.

She was an avid reader and spent time after retirement at the Gilmer County Public Library with the Friends and the Book Club. She also spent some time as a Hospice Volunteer. She was a member of the Gilmer Gadabouts Red Hat Society.

She always enjoyed travelling with, and visiting with family and friends, both here and in Europe. Many of her travels in recent years were associated with the launch and commissioning of USS Jason Dunham, of which her nephew, Commander Scott Sciretta was captain.

On May 02, 1983 she was united in marriage to John Dixon who survives at their Linn home.

Two daughters and two sons survive:  Linda Kirkpatrick, husband Richard of Rocky Mount, NC; Karen Toth, husband Michael of Warwick, England; Kenneth Lasiewski of Rocky Mount, NC and Leonard Lasiewski, wife Leslie of Georgetown, TX.

Seven grandchildren:  Ryan Kirkpatrick, Jennifer Sheton, Claire Lasiewski, Ava Lasiewski, Katy Toth, Amy Toth and Britney Lasiewski and one great-grandchild Hayden Shelton survive.  One nephew survives, Scott Sciretta of Memphis, TN.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family having been preceded in death by one brother, Michael Sciretta.

A memorial service will be conducted at St. Johannes Lutheran Church, St. Clara (Doddridge County) at 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 21, 2012 with Pastor Linda Muhly officiating.

Family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to Hospice Care, PO Box 323, Burnsville, WV 26335 or donate blood to the American Red Cross.

Ellyson Mortuary, Inc. is assisting the family of Eileen D. Dixon with arrangements.

Iris Loraine Baughman Tallhammer


Iris Loraine Baughman Tallhammer

Age 68, of Russett Road, Normantown, WV, graduated to Heaven on March 22, 2012 after a long illness.

Mrs. Tallhammer was born at Webster Springs, Webster County WV a daughter of the late Adam R. Baughman and Mildred I. Cowger Baughman.

She was a nurse aide for 10 years and a registered nurse-certified school health nurse for 36 years. She served as public health nurse in Calhoun County and Gilmer County Health Departments for a total of 32 years.

She was a member of Glenville Community Church and Rush Run Baptist Church. She enjoyed family, missionary work, writing poetry, singing gospel music, and art.

Surviving are her daughter, Rebecca Lynn (Tallhammer) Butler and son-in-law, Douglas Butler; 3 brothers, Dennis and Patti Baughman of Wellington OH, John and Dorlan Baughman and Edward and Debra Baughman all of Webster Springs; 1 sister, Brenda and Darrell Caudill of Columbus OH; 3 brothers-in-law, James Guy Tallhammer of Coxs Creek KY, Parker and Wilma Tallhammer of Glenville WV; Robert and Joan Tallhammer, Sr. of Oberlin Oh; 1 sister-in-law, Oleta Tallhammer; brother-in-law, Odell Wood; 21 nephews and 17 nieces and extended families of these listed.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Tallhammer; 1 sister, Linda Sue Baughman, 1 stepbrother, William Baughman; maternal grandparents, Clarence ‘CL’ and Minnie Hamrick Baughman.

Funeral services will be held 12 Noon, Saturday, March 24 at Stump Funeral Home at Arnoldsburg, WV.

Pastors Randy Wilson and John Vannoy will officiate.

Interment will be in the Union-Turner Cemetery at Lockney WV.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 10:30 AM Saturday until the time of services.

Charlie Massey


Charlie Massey

Age 73 died March 14, 2012 of multiple causes.

Charlie was born September 13, 1938 in Glenville, WV.

He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. J.J. Massey.

He received an AB Degree from Glenville State College and a masters degree from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Charlie and Ruby met in college and were married December 21, 1957.

For many years Charlie was a band director in WV, Ohio and Florida.

Later Charlie and Ruby started a music duo called “THE HAPPY FACES”. They played in many states and even Guantanamo Bay, Cuba at the military base. They were fortunate to play on a new cruise ship “THE HOLIDAY” for several months.

Charlie is survived by his wife Ruby; his daughter Debby Massey of Ft. Lauderdale; his three sisters Jeannie Conrad of Walker, WV, Letitia Dubusky of Lexington, Ohio, Willa Jane Loftis of Sand Fork, WV and one brother Jim Massey of New Matamoras, Ohio.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 27 at Hope Presbyterian Church located at 2110 Cypress Gardens Blvd. with Dr. Thomas McGrath officiating.

Margaret Elizabeth “Libby” Woodford-Hall


Margaret Elizabeth “Libby” Woodford-Hall

of Vienna, formerly from Weston, WV, passed away March 18, 2012, at Eagle Pointe in Parkersburg.

She was born June 24, 1943, in Weston, a daughter of the late Margaret Berry Woodford and Coleman R. Woodford.

Libby graduated from Weston High School in 1961 and then graduated from beauty school and worked several years as a beautician at L&L Classic Beauty Salon in Weston. Then she worked at WVU Hospital in Morgantown and later moved to Vienna and had her daughter, Julie Ann. Libby was a dedicated stay-at-home mom until her daughter was grown. She then went to work for TCI Cable Company in Parkersburg.

Libby was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Weston. Once she moved to Vienna she regularly attended St. John United Methodist Church in Vienna.

Surviving is one daughter, Julie Ann Hall Tripler (fiance, Ronald C. Hawkins) and two grandchildren, Brandon Scott and Ashley Nicole Tripler, all of Vienna; two sisters, Barbara Lynne Woodford and Nancy R. Woodford of Weston; one brother John C. Woodford (Lynne Courtney Woodford) of Weston; and one niece, Kathy Woodford-Wiegand (Dan Wiegand) of North Carolina.

Libby was a wonderful mother and grandmother who dearly loved her daughter Julie and her grandchildren Brandon and Ashley and she will be missed by many.

Services will be 11:00 AM Friday at Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home in Vienna with the Rev. Norman Butler officiating.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Friday.

Interment will immediately follow the services in Weston at the Weston Masonic Cemetery.

Frances Dorean Masters


Frances Dorean Masters

Age 81 of Pennsboro passed away March 18, 2012 at Camden Clark Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph’s Campus.

She was born October 10, 1930 in Ritchie County, a daughter of the late Harvey Okey Richards and Margaret Violet (Elder) Richards.

Mrs. Masters retired from Colin Anderson Center as an aide and had worked in the Garment industry in Ritchie County.

She was a member of the Beason United Methodist Church.

Surviving is her husband of 58 years Dale William Masters, three daughters: Janet Goff (Jasyson) of Castalian Springs, TN, Julia Masters of Pennsboro and Lisa Taylor (Tim) of Villa Rica, GA, and a son James Masters of Pennsboro. She also leaves behind 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, sister Stella Richards of Pennsboro and brother Arnold Richards of Harrisville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Darell, Stanley and Bernard Richards and an infant son George Masters.

Funeral services will be Thursday 3:00 PM at the McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro with Pastor Curtis Christian officiating.

Interment will follow at Mt. Pisgah Cemetery.

Visitation will be Wednesday 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Barbara June (Lamb) Stanczak


Barbara June (Lamb) Stanczak

Age 77, of 11213 Longshore Way West, Naples, Florida, died at 2:30 AM Friday, March 16, 2012 at Avow Hospice in Naples, Florida, following an extended illness.

She was born in Lewis County, West Virginia, June 19, 1934.

Barbara was the daughter of the late John Aubrey Lamb and Ina Melinda Lamb. She was preceded in death by her sister, Delores Marlene “Susie” Lamb Lewis.

On November 06, 1954 she was married to John R. Stanczak, who survives her.

Barbara is also survived by one son; Stephen P. Stanczak of Palm Desert, CA, three daughters; Cheryl A. Horbal of Naples, FL, Karen M. Cline of Lawrenceville, GA, Diana S. Greer of Memphis, TN, one brother; John A. Lamb of Weston, and two maternal nieces; Christy D. Woods and Nina R. Calvert.

She had seven grandsons and four granddaughters, and one great-grandson; Bradley L. Horbal, Bryan D. Horbal, Abby L. Horbal, Christopher D. Cline, Jason M. Cline, Kaley M. Cline, John D. Stanczak, Scott A. Stanczak, Jordan G. Greer, Jackson W. Greer, Aubrey M. Greer, and Weston S. Cline.

Visitation and funeral will be held at Hardman Paletti Funeral Home, 730 N. Main Avenue, Weston, West Virginia on Friday, March 23, 2012.

Visitation will begin at 12:00 Noon, followed by the funeral service at 2:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel officiated by Reverend Carolyn Nettles.

A graveside ceremony follows at Rock Grove Cemetery, Linn, WV and a dinner at Rock Grove Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Avow Hospice at 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida 34105, 239-261-4404.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Barbara June (Lamb) Stanczak.

Martha Ann( Woofter) Smith


Martha Ann( Woofter) Smith

Age 90, formerly of Buckhannon and formerly of Melvindale, Michigan, died Friday, March 16, 2012 in hospice in Novi, Michigan after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

She was preceded in death her husband of 62 years, Robert Lee Smith.

She is survived by two daughters, Karen Krot of Canton, MI and Mary Maday of Wheatland, CO. as well as son Jack Smith (Janet) of Clifton, VA. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Kristin Brady (Randall) of Brighton, MI., Michael Krot (Sarah), of Plymouth, MI., Jennifer Krot of Canton, MI., Erica Schadler (James) of Parker, Colorado, and seven great-grandchildren.

Martha was born on December 03, 1921, in Sutton, West Virginia, the son of the late Robert Harrison and Dora Perkins Woofter.

She was preceded in death by brothers, Jim, Clarence, Dick, Paul and Brooks Woofter and sisters, Eula Woofter, Hazel Gibbs, Ruth Woofter, Freda Liggitt, Liz Rittler and Betty Gaddy. She is survived by one brother, Lewis (Andy) Woofter of Rock Cave.

Mrs. Smith grew up poor, like many others in the depression era, but had made up for that with a rich, loving family life. She loved to share colorful stories of growing up in the country with her large family. During World War II, Martha moved to the Detroit area with her sister Hazel and served her country by building B24 bombers at the Willow Run plant in Ypsilanti, MI. After WWII, she returned to West Virginia to marry her loving husband Robert (Bob) Smith. They moved back to Michigan and spent 35 years in Melvindale, MI where Martha raised her family and continued working first at Montgomery the Thompson-Cain Meat Company. After retiring, Bob and Martha moved back to Buckhannon, West Virginia where they lived for many happy years. Among the many things Martha’s family will miss is her quick wit, sense of humor, her old time country sayings, and her homemade strawberry jam.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Dwayne Brown officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Upshur County Memorial Park.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is in charge of arrangements for Martha Ann (Woofter) Smith.

Mestil L. Richards


Mestil L. Richards

Age 84, of Walker, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on March 19, 2012 at Ohio Valley Health Care, Parkersburg.

She was born April 07, 1927 at Smithville, WV, the daughter of the late Okey and Lola Cox Kirby.

Mestil was a homemaker and also had formerly worked at Pine View Nursing Home and Rubber Crafters in Smithville and she took care of elderly patients in her home.

She was a charter member of South Side Baptist Church, Harrisville.

She loved gardening, cooking and helping people in need.

She is survived by two sons, Raymond O. Richards of Hertfort, NC, and Larry G. Richards (Lois) of Walker; daughter-in-law, Linda Richards of Clay, WV; two sisters, Betty Wagner of Big Springs, WV, and Wanda Moore of Magadore, OH; grandchildren, Jeanett Stevens, Tammy Richards, Robert Richards, Brittany Richards, Julie Seagraves, Kevin Richards, Kimberly Farnsworth, and Beverly Weatherly; 16 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter; and many friends she leaves at Ohio Valley Health Care.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Richards; one son, Steve M. Richards; sisters, Colleen Gainer and Maxine Eagle; and brothers, Dennis Willard Kirby and Glennis Kirby.

A Service of Celebration of Life will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with Pastor Mike Sprouse and Pastor Mike Kirby officiating.

Burial will follow in the Fluharty Cemetery, Leading Creek.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 4:00 to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to; Baptist International Organization, Linda Richards Foundation, PO Box 587, Jefferson City, TN 37760.

Mary Beth Orendorff


Mary Beth Orendorff

Age 67, of Indiana, formerly of Charleston, WV, passed away on Thursday, March 08, 2012, at Indiana Regional Medical Center.

The daughter of Harold Shepherd and Genevieve Grace (Snyder) Orendorff, she was born on October 08, 1944, in Yakima, Washington.

Mary Beth was a member of St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church and a former member of the Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and St. Anthony Church in Charleston.

Mary Beth graduated from high school at Marycrest in Allison Park, with the Sisters of Divine Providence.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in early childhood and elementary education at Indiana State Teachers College, now IUP, and received certification in library science at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. She was a teacher and a librarian in Pennsylvania and West Virginia schools.

Upon her retirement, she touched many lives by sharing her love of learning through her volunteer work with children. She inspired many children to read by donating her vast collection of children’s books to her schools.

She is survived by nine brothers and sisters: Harry S. Orendorff and wife Carole, of Crownsville, MD; Patricia L. Smith, of Indiana; Richard G. Orendorff and fiancee Sarah Taylor, of Indiana, Judy L. Adams, of Indiana; Catherine M. Nolen and husband Donald, of Sterling, VA; David G. Orendorff, of Indiana; Debra K. Henninger and husband Warren, of Greensburg; Roberta L. Borgo and husband Robert, of Greensburg; and Lori J. Layer and husband Joseph, of Bridgevflle; a sister-in-law, Katherine A. Orendorff, of Katy, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mary Beth was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Jo Anne Peterson; and a brother, Thomas G. Orendorff.

Friends were received from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at Bence-Mihalcik Funeral Home in Indiana.

Her funeral Mass was celebrated at 10:00 AM Monday at St. Bernard of Clairvaux Catholic Church, with the Rev. William J. Kiel as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Her family requests that memorial contributions be made to The Indiana Free Library, 845 Philadelphia St., Indiana, PA 15701.

Edward Webb


Edward Webb

Age 80, of West Union, Cabin Run Community, passed away March 19, 2012, at his residence after a brief illness.

He was born in Raleigh County on November 25, 1931, a son of the late Legrand Webb and Mahala Webb.

Edward was a mason and carpenter by trade and had previously worked in the coal mines of southern West Virginia in his younger years. He enjoyed farming and was an avid hunter.

Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Catheleen (Todd) Webb; four sons, Rick Webb and his wife, Paula, of Pennsboro and James Webb, Brian Webb and Stanley Webb and his wife, Sheryl, all of Cabin Run, and daughter, Darlene Winemiller and her husband, Edward, also of Cabin Run. He also leaves behind nine grandchildren, Nick Webb, Alicia Bowman (Peter), Kinsley Winemiller, Joseph Webb, Ashley Webb, Richie Jones, Derek Webb, Daniel Webb and Shawna Webb; and two great-grandchildren, Isabella and Juliana Bowman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by eight brothers and a sister.

Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday at McCullough-Rogers Funeral Home, Pennsboro, with Pastor Denver Burnside officiating.

Interment will follow at Webb Family Cemetery on their farm at Oxford.

Visitation will be 5:00 to 8:00 PM today and until time of service Wednesday.

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